Category: Europe

What’s Religion Got to do with it? German Co-Pilot as Terrorist (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

What’s Religion Got to do with it? German Co-Pilot as Terrorist (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] March 26, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 26, 2015: Once it became clear that Andreas Lubitz, 28, deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 9525, a reporter immediately asked “what was his religion?” (Parent company Lufthansa said they didn’t know). Authorities said there was no evidence it was “terrorism.” Lubitz is from Rhineland-Palatinate, known for its wine-growing […]

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NEW BOOK: “Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship and the Politics of a Common Life”

NEW BOOK: “Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship and the Politics of a Common Life”

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

via DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL on FEBRUARY 2, 2015:  Luke Bretherton, professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School and senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, has written a book for the series Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics titled Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship and the Politics of a […]

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Gender, Violent Extremism, and Countering Violent Extremism (by Jayne Huckerby for Just Security)

Gender, Violent Extremism, and Countering Violent Extremism (by Jayne Huckerby for Just Security)

[ 0 ] March 6, 2015 |

by JAYNE HUCKERBY for JUST SECURITY on MARCH 3, 2015:  The role of gender in violent extremism and countering violent extremism (CVE) has long been overlooked, despite being symptomatic of many of the human rights dilemmas CVE efforts face and pose. As a result, CVE practice as well its critics, largely discount three inter-related phenomena: […]

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France to Double Number of Islamic University Courses

[ 0 ] March 6, 2015 |

via FRANCE 24/AFP on MARCH 3, 2015:  French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday announced that the state would finance double the number of university courses on Islam in a bid to stop the influence of foreign funding of training of French imams. In a speech in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, Valls said […]

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WATCH: Islamophobia in America and Europe Discussed on CCTV’s “The Heat”

WATCH: Islamophobia in America and Europe Discussed on CCTV’s “The Heat”

[ 0 ] March 5, 2015 |

via “THE HEAT” WITH ANAND NAIDOO/CCTV on MARCH 3, 2015:  Guests on the program included Yasmine Taeb, a co-author of a report by the Center for American Progress on Islamophobia;chief representative of Muslim Affairs at Duke University Imam Abdullah Antepli; spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain, Talha Ahmad; and former Pakistani ambassador to the UK […]

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Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

“We invoke the name of Allah to bless a meal. We invoke His name before opening a book we are about to read. We invoke His name to anticipate an action. We invoke His name to mark a ritual slaughter. Why do all religions put such a focus on the name of this or that […]

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Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on FEBRUARY 17, 2015*Updated on February 24, 2015 w/new related pieces:  The self-styled ‘Islamic State’ Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts. I keep seeing some assertions about it that strike me as exaggerated […]

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Obama’s God Talk ‘Doesn’t Stand a Chance’ in a Polarized America (via RNS)

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on FEBRUARY 16, 2015:  WASHINGTON (RNS) After taking heat from the religious right for saying Christians and Muslims have all committed horrors in God’s name, President Obama is now angering the religious left with an upcoming White House conference on combating ”violent extremism” that seems to focus only on Muslims. The […]

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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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WATCH: Chapel Hill Vs Copenhagen – Which Is Terrorism? (Russell Brand, The Trews)

WATCH: Chapel Hill Vs Copenhagen – Which Is Terrorism? (Russell Brand, The Trews)

[ 0 ] February 16, 2015 |

by RUSSELL BRAND on FEBRUARY 16, 2015: Chapel Hill Vs Copenhagen – Which Is Terrorism? Russell Brand The Trews (E257) Reaction to the media coverage of the Chapel Hill killings last week and the shootings in Copenhagen. Subscribe Here Now and send links to video news items of topical stories that you’d like me to analyse. […]

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